Last month 4th grade Vikings had an unusual Physical Education field trip: they traveled to Toggenburg Mountain in Fabius for a learn-to-ski day. The I Ski N Y Free for Kids Passport Program for 4th graders provided free equipment rentals, a group lesson taught by a Ski Patrol member, lift ticket, and time for new skiers to practice what they learned.
Students learned all skiing basics, chaperone Lara Meade explained. Instruction covered safety, putting on ski boots (which are nothing like regular boots), helmet use, learning to trek up hill while on skis, stopping and turning, and learning to use the rope lift.
This annual I Ski N Y Free for Kids Passport Program is an initiative made possible by Ski Areas of N Y, Inc., and participating ski centers. Their intent is to make it easy for new skiers to try the sport and experience nearby outdoor winter fun.
For Otselic Valley, the ski day had additional value. Fitness-for-life is a recurring theme in physical education classes for all grades, and the day’s activities showed one of the ways Vikings can stay active all year long.
It was also an introduction to additional skiing opportunities at Otselic Valley. “At O V we have Ski Club for 5th through 12th graders, so we were happy to take 4th graders to Toggenburg so they could try it out and maybe have their interest piqued,” said Mrs. Meade.
Signups for next year’s Ski Club are expected to take place in the late fall, and Ski Club begins in January. For more information, contact Mrs. Patsy Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Many thanks to the intrepid teachers and chaperones who accompanied the 4th graders: Ms. Danielle Graham, Mrs. Lara Meade, Mrs. Patsy Graham, and Ms. Deanne Shoemaker.
Extra special thanks go out to Mrs. Meade for taking photos you can see on a Facebook album at this link.